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Based on a 2009 GQ article, the film tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in the brains of NFL players, discovering a link between football injuries and early-onset dementia that could lead to death. He became at odds with the NFL after the diagnosis.
The movie made headlines recently after the New York Times posted a story centered around emails unveiled by hackers suggesting that Sony executives made unspecified edits to avoid angering the NFL. Sony spoke out against the article, claiming it was “written by individuals who have not seen the film” and that the piece “contains many misleading inferences.”
- Dave McNary
It’s a tired old Hollywood cliche: Writer spends the entire movie trying to pound out either a decent screenplay or the great American novel, and just as he (or she) is about to give up, they ditch that project and decide to write something sincere instead. With “The Meddler,” that’s not the story in the movie, but the true story of the movie. While not a direct apology for her abominable directorial debut, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s sophomore feature returns to what works for her, drawing upon personal experience to deliver a heartfelt dramedy audiences are sure to appreciate. Bound to be among Sony Picture Classics’ top 2016 performers, “The Meddler” serves as a lovely valentine not just to her mom, Gail, but to mothers everywhere — including the luminous Susan Sarandon in a role that seems to come naturally.
- Peter Debruge
Early yesterday, one of the formerly unseen awards contenders finally revealed itself with a Trailer. The film in question is Concussion, the Will Smith vehicle that tackles the issue of head trauma within the National Football League. Last year we had a decidedly lighter NFL related movie with Draft Day, but this year it’s Oscar bait and concussions. The flick seems to be hoping to appeal as a drama/dramatic thriller of sorts, but I’ll get into that shortly. Smith will hope to contend for his first Academy Award, but what are the prospects overall for the film? Well, let’s discuss that right now, and of course, you’ll have the Trailer to take a peek at at the end of this piece… The movie is a dramatized look at an issue the NFL is struggling with right now, namely how dangerous concussions are for their players. »
- Joey Magidson
The discovery of a football-related brain trauma and the NFL's attempts to obfuscate the severity of the problem will be the focus of a new drama titled Concussion, which released its first trailer on Monday 10 days before the 2015 season kicks off. In the film, Smith plays Nigerian-born Dr. Bennet Omalu, a professor in the Uc Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine who discovered the link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) and football players. Concussion, written and directed by investigative journalist-turned-filmmaker Peter Landesman, hits theaters December 25th.
Omalu first »
Will Smith has taken some time off from saving the Earth from aliens (and his children) in this December’s Concussion. Sporting a Nigerian accent and scrubs, Smith takes on the meaty role in the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu.
Omalu, before heading to the States to revolutionize sports medecine, lived as a refugee in Nigeria during the civil war, constantly under fire by the Nigerian Air Force. Surviving these circumstances, Omalu became a physician by the age of twenty-one. In 2002, he discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Cte), a type of chronic brain damage that factors into the deaths of many professional athletes.
In Concussion, Omalu (Smith) defends his research against his detractors, including the NFL – that would like nothing more than to have Omalu’s findings swept under the carpet.
- Sasha James
Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
Look for Concussion on Christmas Day.
- Michelle McCue
Will Smith, often seen as the coolest guy on Earth, hasn’t been at the top of his game with his movie choices lately. His most recent film, Focus, didn’t fully wash away the bitter taste that was the heavily panned After Earth. While fans do have Suicide Squad to look forward to, the football drama Concussion had its first trailer drop today, showcasing Smith in the lead role. Written and directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland), the film also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Albert Brooks, Luke Wilson, and David Morse. Here’s the synopsis:
Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
The Sir Ridley Scott-produced sports drama is based on the true story of Dr Bennet Omalu's research into suicides among retired professional football players.
Smith portrays the famed neuropathologist, who risked his career in forcing the NFL to acknowledge the damage caused by concussions.
Concussion opens in Us cinemas on Christmas Day (December 25), and comes to the UK on January 29. »
Will Smith stars in one of his most powerful roles yet as soft-spoken Nigerian doctor Bennett Omalu. He takes on the NFL in the first trailer for his new movie “Concussion,” about NFL football players devasted by multiple head injuries. Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Stephen Moyer, Eddie Marsan, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks play supporting roles. ...Read More
Hanging up Floyd Lawton’s sniper rifle and ice-white mask for the time being, Will Smith will swap the superhero scene this holiday season for Sony Pictures’ NFL drama, Concussion, which today revealed its first trailer.
Directed by Peter Landesman, the Oscar hopeful will have Smith assume the role of Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian doctor who unearths the association between Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and the physically intensive nature of the NFL – smashing heads against each other is bad for you, who knew? Despite his groundbreaking research and conclusive findings, Smith’s protagonist is widely dismissed by the sport’s suits in fear that any bad press could tarnish their beloved, if dangerous, game.
Taking inspiration from Omalu’s inspiring true story, there’s certainly reason to be hopeful for Concussion, though this maiden trailer fails to have us on tenterhooks. That’s not to write off Landesman’s feature, »
- Michael Briers
With summer drawing to a close, the season of movies on the hunt for potential awards is in full swing, and here comes another in the shape of Concussion, which stars Will Smith. The first trailer has arrived online and can be watched below. Parkland director Peter Landesman adapted Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ article Game Brain and has called the shots on the movie. The piece followed Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who made the crucial first discovery of concussive head trauma in a National Football League player and strove to bring awareness to the general public. Landesman’s take has already been described as an NFL-centric The Insider, putting a human face on a story about a thorny issue and the commercial interests involved in making sure the news doesn’t spread too far. If it can avoid the big pitfalls of prestige issue dramas, it could have a shot at some trophies. »
The NFL probably isn't going to like this. But it's a topic that must be discussed, and what better forum than a crowded movie theater on Christmas morning. Sure there will be plenty of fun movies opening on December 25. But with the NFL season really heating up, a lot of fans are going to want to go behind the scenes of one of the more controversial issues. Concussion stars Will Smith and is based on a true story as it delves into NFL brain trauma. Sony Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for this important topic.
Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and fought for the truth to be known. Concussion is based on the David vs. Goliath journey of Dr. Omalu, who treats the football-related brain trauma of a pro player while fighting to bring awareness to the public. »
A dramatic depiction of American football players who suffer from major head injuries and life-long debilitating problems as a result of repeated concussions and efforts by the National Football League to deny it. The new movie stars Will Smith, Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, and Luke Wilson. “Concussion” hits theaters on December 25.
The post Concussion Gets A New Trailer appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
Based on a 2009 GQ article, the film from Sony Pictures tells the real-life story of forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered a link between football injuries and early-onset dementia that, in some cases, led to death. He became at odds with the NFL after diagnosing football players, including Dave Duerson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Andre Waters (Richard T. Jones) with Cte, a brain condition caused by repeated head trauma.
“Concussion” hits theaters on Christmas Day.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Sony Pictures released the first trailer for the upcoming Will Smith movie “Concussion” on Monday. The film is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), who was the first person to diagnose NFL players with Cte, a brain condition that comes as the result of repeated head trauma. His discovery puts him at odds with the NFL, which wants to keep Omalu’s research out of the public eye. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Albert Brooks. Peter Landesman directed and wrote the screenplay. Veteran director Ridley Scott served as one of the producers. »
- Joe Otterson
The A-lister plays real-life forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in the brains of NFL players and fought for the truth to be known. Peter Landesman ("Parkland") directed "Concussion," which was produced by Ridley Scott, based on the 2009 GQ article "Game Brain."
Peter King just shared the movie's first trailer in his Sports Illustrated column:
In my column today is the exclusive trailer for @ConcussionMovie, starring Will Smith. http://t.co/niEkvJd1aK https://t.co/mVKMUm4rNy
- Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 31, 2015 "Concussion" opens on Christmas Day, so maybe we can expect Will Smith's name to come up on Oscar lists, for his portrayal of the Nigeria-born doctor. The movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse, and Albert Brooks. »
- Gina Carbone
The first trailer has been released for Peter Landesman's "Concussion," the upcoming true story NFL-themed sports drama based on a famous 2009 GQ article that Sony Pictures will release this Christmas.
Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who discovered a link between football injuries (specifically repeated head trauma) and early-onset dementia that could lead to death.
Making the discovery after performing an autopsy on Mike Webster of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he soon was at odds with the league after diagnosing other football players. Luke Wilson, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star.
- Garth Franklin
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »
- Andre Soares
Finding Dory is one of the most anticipated sequels Pixar has ever announced. And this past Friday we got our first official look at the CG-animated adventure along with some of the new cast. Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell and the great Kaitlin Olson all arrived at D23 in Anaheim to tease their new characters. We now have the interviews from this event, along with the panel presentation.
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), who voices everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang, surprised D23 Expo attendees this past Friday to celebrate Disney Pixar's upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage were Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (Modern Family), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-e), co-director Angus MacLane »
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